Bogus Resume Emails Contain Ransomware
These seemingly innocent emails, which appear to include an attached resume from a jobseeker, actually harbour a sinister payload.
In these simply rendered messages, the supposed jobseeker introduces him or herself by name and ask that you review the resume contained in an attached .zip file.
The campaign is apparently targeting staff of companies or businesses who may routinely receive resumes via email and may therefore open the attachments without due caution.
Once installed, the malware may encrypt files on the infected computer and then demand a ransom from the user in exchange for an encryption key. Some victims who pay up as requested may receive the promised encryption key. However, there is no guarantee that the criminals behind the campaign will honour their promise.
If you receive one of the bogus resume emails, do not open any attachments or click any links that it contains.
Good afternoon my name is [Name renoved] attached is my resume! Awaiting your prompt reply
Subject: [Name removed] – My resume
Hi, my name is [Name removed]
Please find my resume from attach section. Kindly give me a reply
Hi, my name is [first and last names removed]. I am herewith submitting my Resume under attachment for your perusal.
Last updated: July 29, 2015
First published: May 6, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
Beware of resume emails bearing ransomware: Alert Priority High